Beijing Diary: The curious case of the ‘Thousand Talents’ program

The Chinese government is battling to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected tens of thousands and killed more than 4,000 people, while spreading worldwide. Nikkei’s bureau chief in China, Tetsushi Takahashi, is on the ground in the capital and is filing dispatches on what he sees.

Tuesday, April 28

Sometimes, weird things happen in China. I encountered one recently: Searching online for the “Thousand Talents”¬†program no longer works.

The program is a Chinese government initiative to attract global professionals with valuable expertise. But when I typed the Chinese name into Baidu — the country’s answer to Google —

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